Thursday, January 19, 2017


"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning
 of life."   -  Isadora Jones

I love my big sister.

When we were younger we didn't always get along.  Kim, my sister, and her friend even ran across the street to get away from me once...I was too little to cross the street by myself.  

But as we have gotten older we have grown closer, even with 393 miles between us.  We can talk on the phone for hours, sharing recipes, talking politics (we don't always agree) or just catching up.  Kim is always supportive.  She was the first person I told about my blog, I knew she would get it.  I love to laugh with her too.

We both forgot to get our mammograms in 2015.  Ok.  Women don't 'forget' about their mammograms, we put it off...and off...  At the end of last year we did get our mammograms and we were both told 'additional views' were needed to get a better look.  Mine came back ok...Kim's didn't. 

They caught it early, my sister has stage one breast cancer.  

I don't think there is a family that hasn't been affected by breast cancer.  Yet somehow we still believe it will happen to someone else, or in someone else's family.

I am sharing this with you today so you will schedule your mammogram, if you haven't already.  You are loved and there are people in your life who want you to stay healthy.  I want you to stay healthy.  Schedule it today, then come back and let me know you did.  The advancements in medicine are wonderful, but they work best when cancer is caught early.  

We say I love you more.  We talk and text more often.  We cherish our days a little bit more.  If cancer has a good side, that is it.  

Kim starts chemotherapy today.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Let me know if you would like me to add someone you love to my prayers.  

I am always so grateful you stopped by.


Thursday, January 12, 2017


"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted."  -  Bill Bryson
"One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."  -  Henry Miller

When I travel I seem to be hyperaware of my surroundings.  I take in all the sights, smells and sounds with a childlike wonder, everything being new, or different.  It wakes up my senses.

At home I when I am in my same old routine, I don't always pay attention to the sights and sounds of my life.  I have heard and seen them all a million times before and forget that seeing it all before doesn't mean it isn't wonderful or beautiful.  Instead of moving my body to a new location to invigorate my senses, I need to move my mind to a new perspective and appreciate what is right in front of me.

I take so much for granted.

In this new year I want to travel into my life with the same amazement I have when I journey to another state or city.  I want to be amazed with the sights, smells and sounds of my life.  I want to photograph it like I will never see it again.  I don't want to miss a single detail. 

And I want to be grateful for it all...

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season.  My family and I traveled to California for a visit.  We spent some time in San Francisco and then went north to wine country.  It was a little chilly but we thoroughly enjoyed it.  

The top photograph is of Point Bonita Lighthouse.  I didn't see a picture of the lighthouse before we went (we were not sure it would even be open) I was so surprised when I saw it.  It is beautiful!  The second and third photographs are somewhere on the Pacific Coast Highway, for this landlocked Midwest girl the whole drive was gorgeous!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others."  -  Bob Hope
"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas."  -  Peg Bracken

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Desert

"I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe.  It doesn't need to be flattered with rain.  It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty."  -  Joy Harjo

The first time I visited the desert I was in my early 20's...and I didn't like it.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Seasons Change...

"The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other."  -  Arthur Rubinstein

It happens every year...
The days get shorter,
The sun lower in the sky,

Friday, November 18, 2016

Not Quite Lost

"Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all.  The true joy of life is the trip."  -  Robert J. Hastings
"There are no wrong turnings, only paths we had not known we were 
meant to walk."-  Guy Gavriel Kay

We took a wrong turn.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."  -  Julia Child

I like to look at food pictures in cookbooks and magazines.  I love the dark and moody ones as well as the light and airy ones. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Grateful Life

"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."  -  Albert Einstein